Ghost Busters

Ghost Busters

Ivan Reitman (1984)

PG Certificate


Our Score
The often dazzling, special effects-driven slapstick tends to overshadow the fact that there are some slyer, more sophisticated laughs on offer in this blockbusting family comedy. Bill Murray is terrifically deadpan and sleazy as the dubious leader of a company of ghost busters (that includes the film's co-writers, Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis, plus Ernie Hudson) who are called into action when ancient spirits are let loose in New York. Sigourney Weaver shows an admirably light touch as a possessed cellist, and Rick Moranis also scores in his breakthrough movie. Director Ivan Reitman stages some spectacular set pieces, including an enjoyably daft finale with a giant marshmallow man. The concept was so successful that the film spawned a cartoon series, and almost the entire team reunited for a sequel.


Three eccentric scientists put their hi-tech gadgetry and knowledge of the paranormal to money-making use by setting up in business as freelance ghost catchers. A musician calls them in to investigate when she sees strange creatures in her kitchen, only to end up possessed. As the spook-hunting team members deal with an attempt to shut their operation down, they discover an evil demonic entity is being summoned into existence and it falls to them to stop this creature from destroying the world. Supernatural comedy adventure, starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Sigourney Weaver, Ernie Hudson and Rick Moranis.

Cast & Crew

Dr Peter Venkman Bill Murray
Dr Raymond Stantz Dan Aykroyd
Dana Barrett Sigourney Weaver
Dr Egon Spengler Harold Ramis
Louis Tully Rick Moranis
Janine Melnitz Annie Potts
Winston Zeddemore Ernie Hudson
Walter Peck William Atherton
Mayor David Margulies
Dean Yeager Jordan Charney
Hotel manager Michael Ensign
Gozer Slavitza Jovan
Librarian Alice Drummond
Library ghost Ruth Oliver
Mrs Van Hoffman Kathryn Janssen
Annette Cheryl Birchfield
Director Ivan Reitman
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Park CircusGuidance: Edited for violence and languageAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 24 Oct 2014
Drama Comedy